The picks are in. Texas AgriLife Extension agronomists have released a list of wheat varieties that have shown up well in variety trials. Each year AgriLife agronomists publish the list to give producers a tool to help decide what varieties to plant for specific purposes and under specific growing conditions.
Agronomists Jourdan Bell in Amarillo and Calvin Trostle in Lubbock say the “Picks” may not always top the list of variety trials for yield but they do exhibit characteristics that will improve profit potential.
The 2015 crop benefitted from good wheat production conditions in the Texas High Plains, Bell said. “These welcomed conditions also fostered favorable conditions for rust diseases, in particular stripe rust.”
Those conditions allowed agronomists and producers to judge which varieties show resistance or tolerance to disease organisms and which need to be sprayed.
Picks are not based on one’s year’s data, Trostle said. The Picks criteria include a minimum of three years of data from at least 20 multi-year, multi-site Texas A&M AgriLife High Plains wheat variety trials.
“A Pick variety means this: Given the data, these are the varieties we would choose to include and emphasize on our farm for wheat grain production,” he said.
“We look for consistency of yields, the regularity with which an individual variety is in the top 25 percent of yield at each location,” Bell said.
She said in some previous years there have been no changes to the Picks list, but for 2015-2016 some deletions and additions were made.